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Thanks to technology, we have a lot of individual control over what we hear. We have favorite songs on our phones, podcasts we can tune into whenever we drive, and headphones to block out the conversation around us on an airplane. We are increasingly able to skip anything we don’t want to listen to, be it an uninspiring song or the flight attendant’s safety spiel. We can spend much of our time in a little cocoon of our favorite sounds.

This is nice, certainly, but perhaps it has a downside. It puts us at risk of insulating ourselves from the broader world. It can also prevent us from making happy discoveries of new songs or sounds we love. There’s something to be said for periodically ditching the personal playlist and simply listening to the things that are going on around us.

I tried this the other day, deciding not to put on my favorite songs as I worked on the computer. Instead, I tuned in to what I could hear through the open window. When I paid attention to what was out there, I realized that there was a great deal going on, even in my little corner of the neighborhood.

By Ginny Kubitz Moyer on dotMagis, the blog of